Gokarna is a small pilgrimage town on the coast in the Karnataka, India.
Gokarna is an ideal stop-over for peacefull holidays. Gokarna, which means the cow’s ear is is the home of 5 pristine beaches and several temples. The holy town is famous for the Shiva Temple. This pilgrim site is located on the Karavali Coast between Agnashini and the Gangavali rivers.
About a kilometer from the bus-stand, the Gokarna beach starts , forming the coast of the town. Tourists mainly come to stay on one of the 4 beaches just south of town. Kudlee Beach is the first, about a 20 minute walk, followed by Om Beach, Half Moon Beach and the secluded Paradise Beach - the beaches get more remote and less populated as you head south.
Visit Gokarna during the time of Shivrathri (February-March), where a four day festival is marked by two giant chariots being pulled by several devotees and it is dedicated to Lord Shiva.
Roam through the picturesque beaches og Gokarna.
The nearest airport is Dabolim (140 km), in Goa. From there it's a four hour drive to Gorkana.RAIL
Trains on the Konkan railway stop at Gokarna Road station, 15 minutes from town. One can avail Kumta and Ankola stations (both around 25 kilometers) from Gokarna.ROAD
Gokarna is also well connected by bus from major cities such as Madgaon in Goa and Mangalore and Bangalore in Karnataka.
Govt. and private buses and cars/taxis ply to Gokarna from Madgaon 125 km, Mangalore 225 km, and Bangalore 475 km.